Meet your driver/guide at hotel lobby and embark to half day tour, this is a fascinating tour of the oldest parts of the city. We highlight the most nostalgic attractions – quaint Chinatown and Colonial Kuala Lumpur. Their dramatic history has left colorful legacies, influences, a unique architectural heritage, a colorful mix of culture and decorative landmarks for visitors to admire. Lovers of culture, history or even old buildings will enjoy this tour of the glorious heritage of the old city.
- Chinatown’s Petaling Street – Has fine rows of pre-war shop houses and busy street vendors selling all manner of exotic oddities. The British once named Petaling Street the Monte Carlo of Malaya.
- Sze Ya Temple – The oldest and most venerable shrines in the city built by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy in 1864 on land that he donated. Yap Ah Loy, a tough leader of the Chinese community and one of the founders of present-day KL, was instrumental in the growth of Chinatown during the 1870s.
- Sri Mahamariamman – The oldest Hindu temple in the city with the unique temple design styles of southern India, it is still a busy worship place for local Hindus.
- Central Market – Built in 1936, this old market place was once a timber shed and a meeting place for traders in 19th century KL. The market was built at the site of the first settlement.
- Masjid Jamek– Of classic Moorish influenced design, the mosque was built near the site of the early Chinese miners’ settlement and is situated in the triangular-shaped piece of land between the confluence of the muddy Klang River and Gombak River, thus giving the city its name of Kuala Lumpur or Muddy Estuary.
- Colonial KL, Old centre for Malaya’s British colonial rulers featuring:
- The Padang (Independence Square)
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building – a Moorish secretariat headquarters built in 1985.
- Royal Selangor Club – a mock Tudor-styled clubhouse built in 1884.
- Mary’s Anglican Church – Built in 1894, the church owns an antique pipe organ designed by Henry Willis.
- KL Railway Station – Built in 1911, the building is noted for its graceful colonnade of Arabic arches, domed minarets, spires and turrets. Its interior is that of many large Victorian railway stations in England.
- Teh Tarik demonstration – Teh tarik literally means “stretched tea” and is cooled by swiftly pouring hot tea from one mug to another. An authentic culinary art form that is most enjoyable to witness. Teh Tarik is a fashionable way of making tea in Malaysia and is still a must-have favourite of Malaysians from all walks of life.